Every week, I would like to share with you a round up of links to articles and videos that have resonated with me in some particular way. It is important that you realize that I am not endorsing everything in these articles, videos, or sites but I share them with you as a way for you to see what has engaged my thinking and caught my attention online through the week. Some of the links are related to current events, some are related to current realities facing the church, some are just cool and random facts that you may or may not have known.

 -Pastor Chris Lenhart

Link Roundup 10-15-18

Current Reads

  • "Teams that Thrive" by  Ryan Hartwig & Warren Bird
  • “Expository Exultation” by John Piper
  • “The Gospel of John” by  Herman Ridderbos


Links

  • Why does the Red Planet Call to Us?
    Will we one day have our own colony on the planet Mars? Only time will tell. In this article, Christianity Today explores the reasons behind our curiosity of outer space.  
    “From out of Eden to Eurasia to Oceania to the New World to the Moon, Mars is simply the next logical step in the continuum of human exploration. What seemed impossible in the past today is possible; what seems impossible today might be possible tomorrow. God’s creation seems now almost like his person, in that there is always so much more to explore.”
     
  • China, The United States and the Social-Credit System
    It would be nearly impossible to quantify the effects that social media has had on our culture. But is a system of social significance (credit), based on your online presence and usage, a reality? It is already happening in China, where a social-credit system has been established. Could this same system of social credit eventually find its way into United States? Some believe it is already happening with the current trends of censorship taking place online. An interesting read for those who are following along in the rising popularity of social media and online social presence.  

  • Obey God with your Creativity
    God has called all us act and think in a creative manner. 
    “Imagination happens when the mind goes beyond observation, analysis, and organization of what’s there, and imagines what is not seen, but might be there — and what might explain what we do see (as in the case of most scientific research). Imagination also happens when the mind imagines a new way of portraying what is already there (as in the case of creative writing and music and art).” 
     
  • How Do Christians Fit Into the Two-Party System? They Don't.
    Tim Keller’s recent op-ed in the New York Times has triggered a lot of questions regarding how Christians should engage politics in a two-party system. While I think the op-ed makes some strong statements regarding the realities concerning the Christian position, I believe that it fails to deal adequately with the Christian ideal of love. What if we approached politics with the motif of love? Who is our neighbor? How do we love those who disagree with or even disregard the things of God? This is good reading for dinner table conversation.

  • Sodom and Gomorrah -- What was their sin? (Video)
    A brief (5:00 min.) synopsis regarding the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah.

  • Pray for Myanmar
    Myanmar is suffering through a tragic time.  
    “The report documents acts of genocide perpetrated against the Rohingya since August 25, 2017. The actions of the Myanmar military—which they called a “clearance operation”—included the killing thousands of Rohingya civilians, as well as forced disappearances, mass gang rape, and the burning of hundreds of villages.”

  • Using our Platforms for the Good of Others (Video)
    If you haven’t seen the story behind the fairly new tradition built into the Iowa Football Program, the testimony behind the ‘Kinnick Wave’ is a moving one. At the end of the 1st quarter of each home game, thousands of fans, opponents and spectators, turn their back on the platform where the game is played, the field, to show their support, through a simple wave, to children and families who are part of a far more significant platform, The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.


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9-24-18 Links


It is important that you realize that I am not endorsing everything in these articles, videos, or sites but I share them with you as a way for you to see what has engaged my thinking and caught my attention online through the week. Some of the links are related to current events, some are related to current realities facing the church, some are just cool and random facts that you may or may not have known.

 -Pastor Chris Lenhart

Discipleship Toolbox

Spiritual Growth

Our desire is to develop fully devoted followers of Christ who make disciples. In light of that vision, we are very passionate about helping every person who attends CMBC to take their next step. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, there is always another step to take towards being fully devoted in your following of Christ. There is no one prescription for spiritual growth because everyone is different. But there are some basic areas to consider. It is our desire that each person intentionally participates with God and others in this transforming process. We invite you to consider what’s offered at CMBC and how that may be used by God to mature you in the faith.


Daily Bible Reading

We believe that reading God's Word, the Bible, daily is vitally important and absolutely necessary for spiritual growth. There are many different devotionals and guides for helping you read and apply the Bible, and we encourage you to find something that works for you. Here are a few suggestions:


Preparing for Baptism

Baptism is important, but it is not salvation. Baptism should be among the first steps of a new believer’s walk in obedience to the Lord. This booklet will help you more thoroughly understand baptism.


Steps to Membership

What is church membership? Although “official membership” is not found in Scripture, the idea of being a regular, integral part of a church fellowship is indicated throughout the Bible. It is not an option. It is mandatory for the kind of healthy spiritual life God intends. (1 Cor. 12:27)

 

Here are some ways to get integrated into the fellowship at CMBC.

  • Attend the “Exploring CMBC” class. This 4-week class is normally offered once a year during the ABF hour (9:45-10:45) on Sunday mornings and is for those desiring to know more about CMBC or intending to join. These classes are required for membership.
  • Click here to download and read the “Becoming a Member” booklet. If you wish to become a member and have completed the “Exploring CMBC” membership class, fill out the form at the back of the booklet and turn in to the church office.

The Story

The Bible is the story of God’s love for you. A love that goes beyond what we as humans can fathom. And because it is a story about the relationship between God and humans, it is sometimes painful. But there are times when hope is evident and God’s love is victorious.


 

The purpose of the story is to introduce us to Jesus Christ and his victory over sin and death. The story is complete in one verse which many of us know – John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

 

But there’s more to the story. Listen and allow The Story to change your heart and life...thestoryfilm.com